Housing Rights for Young People
Whether you live at home with your family, in
a bedsit or a shared flat, in someone’s place as a lodger, in a
hostel, you should know your legal rights.
These will depend on what type of home you
live in and on any written agreement you may have signed when you
If you keep getting into arguments at home,
try talking it over with another adult you know, for instance a
teacher or a youth worker. It may be that counselling will help
It’s usually best to make things up with your
family if you can, but if you are getting hurt or seriously
threatened at home, you do need to get help. Again, ask your
teacher or youth worker.
If you are at serious risk and over 16, you
may be able to go into temporary housing. If you are at serious
risk and under 16, you may be able to get help from social
If you rent a bedsit or flat from a private
landlord, they usually have to give you proper legal notice and get
a court order before they can make you leave. If your tenancy was
for six months or a year you can’t usually be made to leave before
If you are a lodger in someone else’s place
they can get you out more easily and don’t have to go to court.
If you live in a hostel you were probably
asked to sign an agreement setting out the rules and your rights.
If you break the rules you could be asked to leave.
If you have no roof over your head whatsoever,
you may, depending on your personal circumstances, qualify for
emergency temporary accommodation.
If you’re not sure about your rights, get advice.
For homelessness advice during office hours (Mon-Fri,
8:30am - 5:30pm) please call 01902 696504. Outside of these hours,
please contact our out of hours service on 01384
If you have a concern about the safety of a child or
vulnerable adult, outside our
office hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 5:30pm), please contact the
Emergency Duty Service Team on 0845 6042886.
Telephone: (01902) 696504